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1 Moreover the LORD [Yahovah] answered [`anah] Job ['Iyowb], and said ['amar],
2 Shall he that contendeth [riyb] with the Almighty [Shadday]
instruct [yiccowr] him? he that reproveth [yakach] God ['elowahh], let him answer
[`anah] it. KJV-Interlinear
1 Then the Lord said to Job, 2 'Will the faultfinder contend with the
Almighty? Let him who reproves God
answer it.' NASB
With the attack against Job, initiated by Satan, with
the arguments of accusation offered by Jobs friends, with Jobs' defending
himself seeing as he could not find any fault within himself, or reason for his
current predicament, God finally answers with an unusual series of seemingly
'Can you teach Me about these various animals?'
What does one set of circumstances (Job's) have to do
with the other (Gods questions)?
And that brings the study around to each one of
us. Who among us have raised issues with
Why this? Why
that? Why me? Why now? Why not someone or something else?
And so man continues along his usual path of asking
questions or presuming answers, about the many things that are far more complex
than simple animal questions. And yet
none of us can answer the most fundamental questions about our everyday life. Probably because we tend to look at life not
through Gods eyes, but through our own preferences.
That is why I posed the question in the earlier study
regarding the rising energy costs, how they affect us all, and the possibility
that this situation will not end anytime soon.
And this is simply because humanity has positioned himself in a pit of
unbending beliefs, disregarding the obvious solution (crude oil), and putting
his trust in wishful solutions (alternative energy). And the result of all of this? Higher costs and more difficulties for us
Now, no political statements are being raised here,
just observations of how society is operating.
Consider some things just briefly.
The world is a wash with crude oil.
God created the oil for our use. Oil is the most resourceful and
efficient fuel that we have today, and if produced in quantity, is the most
economic energy source.
All other alternate energy resources are expensive,
undeveloped, and have to be subsidized by government, and they still are not
competitive in price, with oil. That is, if oil production were not restricted.
The argument against oil? Global warming.
And the argument for global warming prevention is to
reduce carbon footprints. And the
argument for reducing carbon footprints is to place caps on business
production. And that will lead to
reduced economics, reduced opportunities, reduced prosperity. And that will raise the burdens of living on
each one of us, raising unemployment, poverty, and ultimately dependence on
government by the masses. Once in this
economic hole, getting out will be next to impossible. Unless leadership is replaced by wise leaders
and not liberal fools or conservative fools.
That replacement option seems to be not in our near future, what with
the candidates we have before us these days.
So, the long haul of hardship just may be in our
So, again, the questions asked by God of Job, and
through Job, asked of each one of us, 'Do you know?' 'Can you teach?' 'If so, answer or forever hold your tongue.'
And the whole point of all of this is this. Man more often looks at life through his own
eyes, which simply means, we look at life in the way we want to see life and
not how it really is.
If we were to look at life through Gods eyes, then we
might not experience as many disappointments and frustrations in life, as we
Remember, that we are currently living in the Church
Age, the longest running dispensation of them all. We have been given many clues as to when our
dispensation will be nearing its end.
And though we cannot know the exact date, we can probably begin to
narrow our dispensations end, down to a generation or two.
We also know that the end of our dispensation marks
the beginning of the absolute worst period (the Tribulation), in all of human
history. That more than likely means
that the circumstances of the end of our dispensation will likely be bad. Over population, increased storms, increased
earthquakes, increased troubles of all kinds.
And we know that trouble comes to humanity for one reason only, because
of mans spiritual deficiency.
Spiritual deficiency means poor leadership, poor
decisions, poor interpretations of life.
So, we study Job and we look around and we begin to
see similarities in life. And we begin
to see Gods point of view, and we begin to set our own point of view aside.
And again, if you can teach the Almighty, then
teach. Otherwise, be silent and listen
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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